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: the fire broke out just before sunrise. the 9-1-1 call at 5:35 a.m., in sleepy webster, new york. two firefighters sped to the scene in their engine, two others drove their own cars. but when they moved in to battle the blaze, gunfire. >> reporting three firefighters injured. one taking cover in a crashed fire truck. two have been down in the street and they're serious. >> reporter: police now say it was all a trap. that a gunman was laying in wait for the first responders to arrive. all four firefighters were shot. >> fireman mike chiapperini, who is also a lieutenant with the webster police department, was deceased at the scene. >> reporter: 43-year-old chiapperini was named the webster fire department's firefighter of the year just two weeks ago. also slain, tomasz kaczowka. the department calls him a tremendous young man. >> these people get up in the middle of the night to go put out fires. they don't expect to be shot and killed. >> reporter: webster police have identified the gunman as 62-year-old william spengler, whose home burned today. he had a lengthy criminal history, ser
over to the carolinas as the snow shifts up to the great lakes, in northern pennsylvania and new york. wednesday night, the low starts to redevelop on the coast pulling the cold air in but not enough to create a major snow event for the northeast i-95 cities. so we should be doing okay there. but still, nonetheless, snowy travel for many across the appalachians and northern new england. going back to wednesday, d.c., certainly impacted. pittsburgh, on back into cleveland, all these airports where we expect the snow, there will be severe weather in raleigh down to the south of this. but it's all go up to the north because the storm hasn't gotten into the thick of it yet. thursday, up into new england goes the meat of the storm. but backlash snow and wind. and on friday, we got the all go as we are now in a break between storms. but a break is the keyword there. but here comes the trough of low pressure sliding off to the great lakes and the rocky mountains. and that means a new storm will develop and impact these areas into saturday. a lot of people potentially heading back this weeken
bright with these. so santa can find his way. lindsay davis, abc news, new york. >> i love that. the 26 lights and also what you're seeing a lot of folks do, talk about, the 26 random acts of kindness. one act in honor of each victim killed inside the school. picking up some steam, you see some stuff in social media about that. also cool, the whole newtown police force gets to be off today and spend christmas with their family because all the other cops from around the state of connecticut said, go home and be with your family. that's so great to hear. they need mental, physical and emotional time off. >> you hear from so many families. they say your priorities change immediately. you don't have a home this holiday. what are you supposed to do? >> as we open our gifts this morning, keep the sandy folks and newtown folks in your head and in your heart today, for sure. >>> also with the holiday message, pope ben tikt xvi expressed his concern. the pope opened that service with a traditional latin wish for peace and blessed thousands of worshippers during midnight mass at st. peter's basil
plaido eer madoff s didn't know about the fraud until his brother told him. a new judge in new york said she had a hard time believing that. >>> and call this an indication of the reduced influence of the 220-year-old new york stock exchange. it's being bought by a company that's just 12 years old. no major changes are expected after atlanta based intercontinental exchange completes its $8 billion purchase. that should happen sometime next year. >> wow. >> $8 billion. >> to purchase the new york stock exchange. that's fascinating. what that could potentially mean should be interesting. but we'll see how it plays out, as always. >>> facebook will soon be racking up more revenue $1 at a time. the social network is testing out a new service on a limited number of people for $1, and will guarantee delivery of a message into the main inbox of someone who they are not friends with. currently, some of you may know messages from nonfriends most likely end up in a much ignored folder labeled other. the company says the fee should help discourage spammers. let's hope so. i never knew that box exis
. and where new york state and new jersey we'll see that rain lift up. washington improving conditions. new york city very heavy rain and very gusty winds. that is part of the problem with this storm and has been since the beginning. we are seeing the swaths of snow but the winds are so strong. in the last three hours 40 mile per hour wind gusts in new york city. so again, the snow cheering out of illinois and indiana but look at what it has left behind. in areas of illinois, 18 inches. in indy, 7 inches, kentucky, 4 inches. and here's what's left of it. the whole storm lifting to the north. upstate and western new york getting 5 to 9 inches of snow. nine to 12 inches in northern new york and the green and white mountains of new hampshire. >> and of course all anybody wants to know is when can we expect to see the weather improve around the country? >> it will. it is going to improve. we are going to watch this move. here is the area of low pressure we are watching. here's the time stamp tonight at 10:00. right on the money. here is where that low pressure is right over washington where is
by josh and amy and lara. liz intet in new york. right now, all across america, parents are sending their children to school, a lot of fear as well. we want to begin with gun violence, mental illness. we'll continue it all week long. >> are my children safe, it's a question parents are asking. security has been beefed up at schools and campuses around the country. as new details now surface about the horrifying moments when the shooter entered that school and unimaginable. to end that, we'll be joined by the school nurse. >> sally cox. she'll be with us in a minute. >>> let's get right to the presidents right now. he spoke last night. he came here and met with the families. he was with allison, the granddaughter of the school principal. the president comforted the families yesterday. then delivered the speech. he told the people of newtown, they're not alone. a powerful call to action. a president filled with angry. >> i come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow. nor can they heal your wounded hearts. you're not alone in your g
dropping to its three month low. very mild. looking at behind me in new york. what are we missing as a play, an investment like? are we in that very land and? >> we've been calling for lower natural gas. most of the profit is best. the sale at 380-385. right now it's an oversold market. 327 is the low. we hit it today anywhere between 327 and 330 i'm buying. and on the upside 342-345. i don't think we will see it again this year. liz: never again. >> okay. never again. liz: the collective commodities, the dollar, what the fed did. that seems like a million dollars to 5 million miles away. but in these next two weeks from a trader perspective. people just at the way or are they fully in because we don't have an answer? >> there will not be fully in. what we have right now, an argument between deflation and inflation. the numbers coming through, especially today. the fed is pumping action of billions of dollars in the market every month. the same time they're staying low or longer or slower longer which is an inflationary message . liz: again, people still look at that as a safety play, and i
and seen he was right. back to you in new york. >> peter, before you go there was a report by another media outlet in the 10:00 hour last night that they were calling the parents in to identify the bodies of their children. have you heard that? >> the reports we have heard are that the police set up a makeshift morgue inside the school and they photographed all of the children around they were showing the parents photographs of their children to identify them. >> okay. >> they want to reconstruct what happened and it's a pain staking process. they are only going to have one shot at it to find out what took place. who is the suspect? >> he did it. he is the shooter. >> he is adam lanza. he is 20-years old. we do know this, it seems he is thought to be by neighbors by family members either mildly autistic or a little bit some what off they say. according to one of his former classmates and who happens to be a neighbor timothy dalton, as horrible as this was, i can't say i am surprised. burn in hell adam. >> and yet there are lots of conflicting reports at this point about who he is. his broth
this weekend. >> the new york city's children's chorus opened the show singing "silent night." ♪ silent night holy night ♪ ♪ all is calm all is bright ♪ ♪ round yon virgin mother and child ♪ >>> and coming up, a cnn exclusive. we're going to hear from the family of the sandy hook elementary principal who lost her life trying to confront a killer. [ female announcer ] born from the naturally sweet monk fruit, something this delicious could only come from nature. now from the maker of splenda sweeteners, discover nectresse. the only 100% natural, no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. the rich, sweet taste of sugar. nothing artificial. ♪ it's all that sweet ever needs to be. new nectresse. sweetness naturally. i get congested. but now, with zyrtec-d®, i have the proven allergy relief of zyrtec®, plus a powerful decongestant. zyrtec-d® lets me breath freer, so i can love the air. [ male announcer ] zyrtec-d®. behind the pharmacy counter. no prescription needed. >>> welcome back to this special edition of "early start" this morning from newtown, connecticut. she was
that they are not that far away, he cited a chart in "the new york times" the charts were similar. this is a "you should take the deal" press conference, and you're right, the president knew if he opened up the questions, he would get a fiscal cliff question. one of the things i was struck by was it was very clear the president was going to keep taking questions until he got another question on guns. he just kind of kept, okay, i'll take one more, one more, so it was a dual-purposed press conference, both to announce this gun control commission, although the president isn't calling it a commission being led by joe biden, but also kind of get himself get where he believes the fiscal cliff is and where it needs to go, at least rhetorically get himself out on both those things, and he did it. that's the power of the presidency. >> the other question is at the end, until then, all the questions were about the fiscal cliff and no follow-up questions about what exactly policies, what policies are going to be part of this gun task force. >> and that -- what's hard on this, andrea, that's the difficult thing, and i
morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman here in new york. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin, live in newtown, connecticut. we'll be bringing you the very late ef on the investigation as john said, the children are starting school as well with an increased police presence, will it be enough for the parents and of course we have another funeral we are following this morning for you as well. john? >> another beautiful young child we buried up there, four days after the school massacre that numbed the entire nation. this is the latest. this unspeakable tragedy is reigniting the gun control debate all over the country. president already taking steps to ban assault rifles with his vice president leading the charge. plus, this brand new overnight, dick's sporting goods has banned the sale of ar-15 rifles and other guns like it for now. the modern sporting rifle section of its website, totally blank this morning. the company releasing a statement saying, quote, out of respect for the victims and their families we have removed all guns in our store nearest to newtown and suspended th
by the killer in rochester, new york, who targeted the firefighters as they responded to that massive fire. the gruesome reason he set his neighborhood aflame. >>> and a million-dollar mixup. this family got the wrong lottery ticket. and struck it rich. now, they say they're set for life. >>> and a very good wednesday morning to you, america. we hope you all had a very merry christmas, if it's something you celebrate. great to have all of you with us this morning. robin, george, lara at home with their families. great to have paula faris, and rachel smith, host of "on the red carpet" back with us this morning. >>> and we're back from the holidays. we're all thinking about returning the gifts, right? just kidding. there's people that are going to be in the return lines. becky worley is here on how to score on both. >>> let's get right to sam. he's been tracking the rough weather that's impacted millions over the week. >> some prepared for it. they were warned in advance. what a night. 34 tornadoes rocked that area. the previous christmas tornadoes had been 12 in 1969. when we tell you this
-old jack pinto. a little boy who loved sports, idolized the new york giants' victor cruz, who remembered pinto sunday. his father called the loss unimaginable, and said most of all, jack loved to play with his friends and keep up with his big brother. many of those friends attended the service. much too young to say goodbye. >> they were being comforted, and yet protected. a message of you're being secure now, because the worst is over. >> reporter: not far away, mourners remembered 6-year-old noah pozner, the little boy with a perpetual smile, described as a smart, funny child, who loved to eat tacos and loved animals. pozner's mother spoke at the service, calling noah her little man. noah's twin sister ariel survived the shooting in another classroom. near sandy hook elementary, messages of hope surround the ever growing memorial to the victims. as the town tries to cope, investigators are searching for answers. on monday, atf agents verified that nancy lanza and her son had visited local shooting ranges to practice firing weapons, though they hadn't done so in recent months. police sa
, it's a rain maker for new york, philadelphia and washington, but then that moves out by tomorrow afternoon. >> just so i make it home to see mom. >> you'll get there. >> i hope so. thanks, alexandra. >>> two state department officials employees of hillary clinton are testifying right now before the house and senate committees after that blistering report on exactly what went wrong in benghazi, the committee headed by thomas pickering and admiral mike mullen. admiral mullen had this to say. >> while we did not find that any individual u.s. government employee engaged in willful misconduct or knowingly ignored his or her responsibilities, we did conclude that certain state department bureau level senior officials in critical positions of authority and responsibility in washington demonstrated a lack of leadership and management ability appropriate for senior ranks in their responses to security concerns posed by the special mission. >> a total of four senior state department officials have either resigned or placed on administrative leave in the wake of this report but what about s
. before we get started let's look at the coverage of the tabloids here in new york city. america weeps. there is the president of the united states. he shed a couple of tears in the briefing room yesterday. slaughter of the innocence. and a picture you saw a lot of yesterday from the beup in newtown yesterday where a police officer leads those children single file out of sandy hook school. >> so many horrific elements to this story but i think the worst for me is the fact that there are 20 kids dead between the ages of 5 and 10 years old and as we learn more about the shooter, it seems as though there were clues he was capable of doing this. >> there will be an update at 8:00 this morning with the authorities. >> all right. peter doocy meanwhile is live in sandy hook for us with the very latest details. good morning, peter. tell us what you have learned overnight. >> alisyn, we learned that the medical examiner's office has been working all night long inside sandy hook elementary school. they are trying to have the 20 children and six adults who were murdered inside yesterday during sc
downwind of one of the great lakes. that lake effect snow will kick into gear. new york, a messy, messy start to your day. philadelphia as well. all up and down the i-5 corridor where it's a bit of a mix. winter storm watches and advisories are posted. the i-95 corridor will be mostly in the form of rain today. big travel day, obviously, for the holidays. it's going to put the brakes on chicago, new york, boston, all the northeast airports. >> as lots of people are trying to travel in and out. thank you so much. joining us to talk about the conditions in chicago is carmen assula from the illinois department of transportation. good morning. >> good morning. >> let's talk about the conditions right now. what's the situation there? >> right now the temperatures are under freezing, so we're watching for freeze back conditions, the fact that the temperatures didn't decline until after midnight helped out a lot with the snowfall. there was less accumulation. there is blowing and drifting in the outlying areas. chicago expressways are still wet, and people need to be cautious as freeze back wi
details about that shocking christmas crime in upstate new york. a gunman who ambushed and killed two firefighters left behind a chilling note about his deadly plan. with more, abc's linsey davis is here with the latest. this is a tough one. >> reporter: it really is. lots of new developments to report, including that the death toll has risen to three. and the gun recovered by police, a military-style semiautomatic bushmaster, the same used in the elementary school massacre in newtown, connecticut. investigators continue to comb through what's left of this webster home. the scene of an ambush attack set by this man, william spengler, that killed two firefighters and injured two others. overnight, news that a body has been found in the rubble of the spengler home, possibly his sister, cheryl spengler, who neighbors say he had a strained relationship. emotions are high, as fellow firefighters face the grim reality of burying their own. >> intended to burn his neighborhood down and tried to put down as many people as possible before stopping. >> reporter: police say spengler fired from a
of california determined to get an assaults weapon ban on the floor this week, and schumer of new york sensing a political opportunity outlining to task gun control legislation this time. >> i think we could be at a tipping point for two reasons, a tipping point where we might actually get something done. first, this was not a single second, of course, it involved children. lou: enthusiasm for gun control reached a feverish level at msnbc where one of the left wing host called for the outright taking of guns from citizens. ed schuls telling twitter followers that we are the constitution, and we, as the people, can change whatever we want. get ready, dude. the most zealous, not alone, 20 members of congress calls for new gun control laws while the details of what happened are far from clear. those legislators, members of the democratii party, ignore the fact that guns were prohitted at or near that school, that all the guns had been legally purchased. former homeland security director, virginia tech review panel member, governor tom ridge says mental illness has been ignored in all of this. he
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in the low 60s. 46 will be the high temperature in new york city and out west. we have temperatures in the 30s and 40s across parts of oregon and the rockies. they will be producing he shall -- irresponsibilissues across y will be warming up we will see some of the storms will produce severe weather. very unusual to be seeing this activity during the month of december. we have had snow coming down across portions of new hampshire and vermont and the state of maine. you could see accumulations over 8 inches of snow over higher elevations of new england achlt cross the south showers and storms already fired up. we are talking about blizzard conditions possible. we have a number of winter advisories high winds watches and warnings in effect. rain coming down on the coast and please be safe everyone. >> maria molina. it is 10 after the hour. lawmakers don't have a deal on the ifs he cal cliffme-- fiscal. you could be waiting longer for your tax refund. >> plus the founder of america's largest food chain wants to take the federal government to court over the healthcare laws contraception mandate.
for the amtrak program that's never been done. what is going on here? the people in new york who are still suffering need direct assistance. none of this is direct assistance. >> hello, larry. of course what's going on is business as usual here in washington. listen, i think there's bipartisan support to realize that this is emergency. we want to get money flowing to the people that need it. but let's get some information. let's not create a christmas tree here and load it up with all kinds of different ornaments. let's take a look at what the true need is, short term and then longer term. and let's do this in a measured fashion. so from my standpoint, i think it makes an awful lot of sense. we've got nine months left till fiscal year 2013. that's kind of the line of demarcation. we should be looking at what needs to be appropriated for the rest of fiscal year 2013. and then, you know, how about we pass a budget for fiscal year 2014 where we can consider the rest of the spending in a proper format where we're actually getting the information on how this thing really should be spent. >> i'm
at the economy, the looming fiscal cliff. my partner, tyler mathisen kicks it off for us at the new york stock exchange. >> thank you very much. it is a quiet day down here at the new york stock exchange where the major averages are not really doing very much at this hour. let's take a look. the industrials are down 7 2/3 points at 13,163. nasdaq a little bit lower also in percentage terms. also a percentage at 29891.48. 2 3/4 right now at 1416.74. it would appear the markets are watchfully waiting to see what comes out of washington, if anything. of course, mr. boehner has gone back to his home in ohio for the weekend. the president is on duty at the white house. there are phones, as mr. boehner said, in southern ohio where he lives. if there are any developments, the two gentlemen certainly will be able to get in touch with one another. meantime, there are some individual stock stories of interest at this hour. and one of them concerns facebook. be a facebook lockup expires today and 150 million shares will open up on the market. the last time we had a lockup expiration many expected to see
associated with it is moving across the northeast. new york, in terms of rain, by midday today, it really should be out of the picture. this is a quick mover, but in its wake it's going to be cold and windy. so any snow on the ground could start blowing on on the roadways and that will cause problems. keep that in mind and be sure to be safe on the roads. how much snow are we going to see? we could see six to 12 inches across the great lakes. but too warm for snow across the northeast corridor. all the kids at home are go, whoa! your travel today, boston and new york, certainly could see delays. moderate delays to heavy. memphis and dallas look pretty good right now. but if you are traveling to the northeast or the midwest, make sure that you're going to call ahead. philadelphia, again, moderate delays. same for you in chicago and portland and we'll keep you posted all of the travel and the weather delays that are out there. back to you. >> steve: thank you very much. i think it's interesting that you think kids across america who did not get snow with the storm sound like charlie brown's
. >> and things are perfect in new york because we always -- >> bill: i want you to call obama and bainer and get this deal done. they'll take dobbs' call. they don't take my call. directly ahead, the parents of the marine in prison to mexico on bogus charges will tell us about their struggle. then john stossel, what do you think the government should do about guns? stossel a libertarian and we're coming right back ♪ [ engine revs ] ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] the mercedes-benz winter event is back, with the perfect vehicle that's just right for you, no matter which list you're on. [ santa ] ho, ho, ho, ho! [ male announcer ] lease a 2013 c250 for $349 a month at your local mercedes-benz dealer. >> bill: factor follow-up segment. as we have been reporting, jon hamm it is mar, iraqi and afghan vet has been in a mexican prison since august on bogus gun charges. with christmas just a week away, we are respectfully asking the mexican government to release him on humanitarian grounds. >> this is a 27-year-old marine in a mexican prison. his family is urging the administration to do something about it
school. newtown, connecticut, is about 60 miles northeast of new york city. it's near danbury, connecticut. the young man who police say was the shooter reportedly walked into two different classrooms at sandy hook elementary. he fired dozens of rounds. he killed 26 people. 18 children pronounced dead at the scene. six adults pronounced dead at the scene. and then two children who survived their initial wounds and were hospitalized later died in hospital. the shooter then killed himself at the school. the associated press is siting a law enforcement official moments ago saying authorities found more than the previously described two guns at the school once they responded. more firearms than the two we have previously heard about. they're not giving any further details yet. but that report just in from the associated press. the students who were not shot, none of them older than fourth graders, were escorted out of the building by police officers this morning. they were taken to a fire station next door. police officers reportedly told some of the children to keep their eyes cl
him. >> thank you, david. david: many folks in new york and new jersey, still, still can not go back to homes and businesses. so why is the sandy spending bill send lots of money to d.c.? a look what is in the $60 billion bill for hurricane sandy. liz: money to d.c. but it hit new jersey and new york. come on people. david: there you go. liz: how is this for an alternative investment? the judy garland show. rights to all the episodes. 26 are up for auctions online. how much are they expected to fetch? what is the earning potential here? we've got the man selling them. do you want in? remember what it did for elvis >> just about 42 after the hour. i'm arthel neville. this is update on breaking news story out of newtown, connecticut, where 26 people including 20 children are dead in one of the worst mass murders in our nation's history. president obama deliver ad statement last hour saying the u.s. has been through shootings like this too many times and meaningful action will have to be taken regardless of politics. the president also ordered the u.s. flag be flown at half-staff at all
is at the new york stock exchange. nicole: no panic. the nasdaq was down nearly 2%. let's take a look at the dow. the fiscal cliff remains front and center. we heard from john boehner today. we are not seeing bipartisan agreement at all. we are off of the lows of the days. names like bank of america among the biggest losers. while you see a few trying to give it a go in the green, the truth is, you are seeing broad-based selling. the s&p 500 is down a full percentage point. while there are some select winners, the truth is, you have many affected. connell: thank you very much. you heard a moment ago from the speaker. you did not hear this morning from the mayans. brian wesbury is here and he is his usual optimistic self. you are always relatively optimistic about the economy, but even after last night and what we in washington? >> sure. you know, yes, the fiscal cliff is coming. we have known him for a long time. the dow is still over 13,000. it is not just because the market thinks we have the great deal ever. tax rates will go up. we will have deficits, as far as the eye can see. by the way, w
control laws. congressman eliot engel of new york, the fact that we cannot pass sensible gun control in this congress is a blot on her reputation. and congressmen jerry nadler saying that now is not the time to have a serious discussion about and control, if not now, when would it be? at least 20 members of congress reacting with calls to restrict constitutional rights to bear arms. all over those calls coming from members of the democratic party. here is the number who chose to talk about mental illness. the disaffection of the mentally disturbed and ill. the importance of a strong family and how better to protect our schools, the burnable and helpless children with in those classrooms. those who threaten the safety of her children while at school. we begin with a september 11, murder of four americans in benghazi. susan rice yesterday witrew her name from consideration to be secretary of state. the mo comes after weeks of criticism over comments that she made regarding the attack in benghazi, and an interview with brian williams, ambassador rice was asked if she was blameless for t
miles northeast of new york city. what can you tell us about the community? what you know from your nieces and nephews? >> well, sean, thank you. you're correct. it's a great town, and i can't stop thinking about actually last night, last night sandy hook elementary school had the holiday concert a tended. my teenagers were part of the choir. and innocence, i go back to families on the stage and siblings running throughout the auditorium, 12 hours later the tragedy occurred. >> yes. and have you spoken to any of the other people in town? any other stories we've been hearing including the custodian? we have a teacher on tape i'll show in just a moment. the lengths to which people went to protect these children it was pretty amazing. >> it was incredible. i know one of my nieces was in the library. and they were ushered into a closet to protect them. my sister did something which i don't think coy have done. she was on her way to the school and there are five, four boy boys and a girl in first grade running up the street. and she stopped and picked them up, not knowing what is going o
to look into the gun violence in this country. >> now, new york congresswoman carolyn mccarthy is determined to make sure the president stands behind his call for meaningful change on gun control. t i'm still "stubbed" u. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have a decongestant. no way. [ male announcer ] sorry. alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms plus has a fast acting decongestant to relieve your stuffy nose. [ sighs ] thanks! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus. ♪ oh what a relief it is! ♪ [ male announcer ] to learn more about the cold truth and save $1 visit alka-seltzer on facebook. >>> since the massacre at virginia tech in 2007, there have been 19 of what the fbi classifies as mass shootings in the united states. what there hasn't been is what president obama is now calling for, meaningful change in the gun laws. joining me now is new york congresswoman carolyn mccarthy. congresswoman mccarthy, thank you so much. i must say whe
'm bill griffith. welcome to "closing bell." maria will be along here in a few minutes at the new york stock exchange, and we add our sentiments as we continue to update you on the horrific massacre at the connecticut elementary school. our deepest prayers and sympathies to all of the families and others hit by this senseless tragedy. the horror of the story may have muted trading on wall street today, as all priorities are being rearranged in a moment, and we will get you caught up on these markets in just a moment, but first we want to let you know. president obama is set to make a statement on this tragedy from the white house around 3:15 eastern. our john harwood is in washington with some more details on what we know right now. john? >> reporter: well, bill, the horror of this tragedy is also muted talk of anything else in washington for the day, including the fiscal cliff and all the issues that we've been discussing for some time now, but one of the jobs of a president is to console victims and to console the nation at a time of grief of this magnitude, so we're going to hear fr
it or not >> gretchen: here is the headlines. a massive chain crash. it happened in new york. it happened iniac-- yack hank. the driver lost control and setting off the chain reaction . the truck was carrying debris from super storm sandy. >> it was like a move yechain reaction and so fast. no one could react to it. >> brian: 40 vehicles were involved and the wreck stretched the length of a football field and all lanes are reopened this morning. midwest getting pummeled with a massive snow storm. some states are under blizzard warnings it is expected to dump a foot of the snow in the next 48 hours. in nebraska. roads are shut down because of the snow and strong wins are making visibility difficult. roads are closed in washington state after collisions and spin outs . there is word that one person is hurt. younger brother of madoff will be sentenced for helping pull off the biggest ponzi scheme in prison. he will be spending 10 years behind bars. one victim said she is unhappy that the sentence was postpone anothered the judge to remain free to attend a bar mitzvah. she brought the miss universe crown
the audience what we're talking about. >> the front page article on the "new york times" is titled bribery aisle. it's about walmart and the mechanics cal can business that was aggressive and creative and a corrupter offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited. the times reports that the retailer wanted to build a store in an alfalfa field in a town's main entrance which was barely a mile from some ancient pyramids. the town's elected leaders had prevented the new zoning map that would have prevented it. walmart officials decided to undo the damage by a well played bribe and the guy drawing the map drew it a little differently. >> that's exactly what happened. they found the old map and the new map. they found a disk in a shoe box showing the differences. it was incredible. >> the zoning map would not become law until it was published in a government newspaper, so walmart reportedly arranged to bribe an official to change the map before it was sent to the newspaper. walmart issued a statement saying the allegations are part of that company's ongoing investigation of the
in with nicole on the floor of the new york stock exchange. wall street optimistic for fiscal cliff deal? nicole: that is right, as a deal gets closer and closer, the sentiment is it gets done at least partially in some way shape or form. talking to the traders, that is what they say the market is telling you. positive results out of washington have been priced into this market. the dow jones industrials dropped nearly 1%. the nasdaq up 1.4%. a look at the dow jones intraday with a majority of the dow components all into the green, names like bank of america leading the way, oil services all doing well, and talking with equity partners and said why does it pop right now if they think the fiscal cliff talks come to fruition. he said people are chasing. some people taking short-term profits, but altman o alternatee are still believers in a santa claus rally and the fact washington will get it right. melissa: nicole, thank you very much. proposals to avert the fiscal cliff coming fast and furious right now. we want to get you up to speed on where every proposal stands. for the first time the presid
and pennsylvania and new york and parts of new england. the bad one out here in the west in parts of oklahoma. oklahoma city maybe six inches was snow throughout the day. make sure you get there early today. the other problem with the storm we are looking at a chance of severe weather. that is moderate risk of severe weather. we are talking about big tornados. christmas day tornados in the south. any place in louisiana and mississippi and parts of alabama that is the bull's eye . heads up and make sure you are potentially aware. >> we are talking about ordering your packages and getting shipping. but fed exsaid the midwest storm is causing a shipping delays. i have an alert. if you are in iowa, michigan, and orch orgwisconsin or wisconsin. those centers will not get it out to you on time. >> gretchen: who will be really mad at awe. >> there may be an iou slip in the box. >> gretchen: you know what i do. if that is going to happen and it is going to happen to me, too. nice message and you wrap the envelope. >> that's what i will do. >> gretchen: kid said love getting those envelopes it is goin
with the same sort of problem in new york city . listen to how he handled it >> i was given a report that said you have to raise taxes and said nothing about reducing spending. i was not an economic expert. i became one after becoming mayor in new york. i said it makes no sense. if i raises tax now. i will have to do it in two or four years. i will try to do something different. lower taxings. i in the beginning but a little bit and two or three years lower taxings. we had a three billion surplus and unemployment dropped from 10.5 to six percent . the city was humming. bowles is rightt, this is a spending problem. >> steve: absolutely. the thing is if washington simply when we send our taxings. if they sent it wisely it would be one thing. but you hear about so much waste and stuff going by the side . they want more taxes. you think they will those efficiently? of course not. >> gretchen: you want to know the newest powerball winner. why his financial advisors are telling him to take the money and ruin now before the fiscal cliff. >> brian: millions of dollars in a green company only to sell i
in few town, connecticut. >> hello, i am mike huckabee. i am coming to you live in new york city . our nation is in shock over the senseless and unspeakable tragedy that took place in newtown, connecticut. the shooter killed his mother in her home and then to a elementary cool where he gund down 20 opportunitis and teach ares before he took his own life . molly? nthe community has been pulling together since this horrific massacre. there are numerous vigils and we are getting word that president obama is it joining the community and an interfaith vigil. ther joining together and healing the community. it is it a difficult and long road ahead when you think about the victims in this case. and so many lives lost and 12 little girls and eight little boys and six women. two of the women killed were so young. beginning their careers in education . in their twens and one just 30 years old and all of these women trying to protect the children. the youngest victim named noah. you look at the list of the children's names and the names you hear in classrooms all over america. charlotte, and anna
. some parts of the world are already no longer here. >> for example, capitol hill. >> yes. "the new york post" reporting many people are stocking up on goods for emergencies. some people looking for one final fling at parties, social media apparently. i swear this story is completely unrelated. he resigned as south carolina's governor after admitting he ran off to argentina to be with his mistress. now mark sanford is launching a political comeback he is going to run for a seat that was vacated by tim scott. >>> mayor cory booker has revealed his plan for his political future. there had been speculation he would challenge republican governor chris christie. but that is no longer in the cards. >> i will explore the possibility of running for the united states senate in 2014. >> so booker hopes to replace senator frank lautenberg, a democrat whose temp ends in 2019. lautenberg has not said he's retiring yet. >> he does not look like he needs to retire immediately. >> democratic party gets 40% of the votes, president obama for minority voter has a grand total of african-american senators? t
of weapons into camden, philly, new york, new haven, that flow of weapons into these streets, many of them coming to the south where they have secondary markets that are thriving, they would stop and dry up. so on the local level, this is what mayors get so frustrated about. we are pouring incredible amounts of money, almost my entire property tax base, forget about the rest of government, is being used for public safety purposes. more police, more cameras. i'm doing everything right now, i've got a woman with a caliber, she were melting down seized weapons and selling them as jewelry in order to get money for more gun buy backs. you name it, id am trying it. but without state and federal laws changes, many mayors are fighting an uphill battle and won't be able to stop the levels of violence in america to the extent that we want. this is a moment and it needs leadership to seize it at every level of government. >> you hooked me up with a link. >> caliber is the name of it. >> it just hit me. right there. >> a good percentage of the profits are going to gun buy back programs in my city. mar
alliance took out this full page ad yesterday in the "new york times" and they argued for the legalization of drugs. they want to stop police from locking up heroin and cocaine users despite the public safety threat that the users pose. joining us now from new york is the executive director of the drug policy alliance ethan natleman. ethan, good to see you. i think a lot of people watching this okay maybe the cat is out of the bag with marijuana and states out west in colorado saying marijuana is not a criminal thing anymore. a lot of people having pot parties, dancing in the streets. but they think of heroin and they think of cocaine as something very different. heroin they think of someone shooting up with tracks on their arms and it's much more addictive and much more dangerous. so, what is the point of this full-page advertisement and what's the goal here? >> well, laura, i mean the real point was to show that first of all, in colorado and washington, you know, those ballot issues, won with overwhelming majority, a 5% in each state saying it's time to legally regulate marijuana like al
the people in new york and new jersey instead. neil: even leaving that issue aside, make better accountability. if we had the inspector general for t.a.r.p. keeping track of how it was supposed to be a bank rescue pile of money that was a solar projects and what have you, who is keeping track of it? it gets back to the issue, we discussed it before, americans have big hearts, want to help people when they are in trouble, but we adopt want to see money pissed away in the process not getting to the people we reached out there. >> it's deeper than that; right? if money is flying around from the feral government, people assumework's getting done distracting from recovery efforts if you throw money out the door to smithsonian and people claiming they need landscaping wherever. this is an idea we're paying for what we get, and we are not. if we have to help people recovering from disaster, we have to be serious about going it rather than allowing it to be a slush fund which is what is set up to do. neil: up to eight-something billion of this money allocated to -- for future projects t
was very important to all of you. thank you. >> thank you. >> we'll take a turn and go back to new york now and get a check of the weather from al. >>> savannah, thank you very much. we've got to talk about out to the west as the jet stream takes a bit of a dip. in the east and southeast, temperatures from 10 to 20 degrees above normal as you look at what we are expecting for the day today. we've got highs in the 70s and 80s from texas, gulf coast to the southeast. 50s and 60s in the midatlantic. 40s in the pacific northwest. teens and 20s in the plains. we have a mess in the pacific northwest today. risk of strong storms in the southeast. wet up and down the seaboard. fog in washington, d.c. and snow in new england. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> we have fog in the region now. in fact visibilities are down to a quarter mile or less mainly in the rural areas. breaks in the clouds to the west with temperatures in the 30s. closer to washington in the mid and upper 40s. holding steady in the mid and upper 40s for a couple of ho
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